Would you like to become a person of action or a person who reacts? Throughout our life, we have always reacted and never acted. We react to the environment, we react to different stimulations and influences and there has never been positive action from our side to contribute to our growth towards harmony internally or externally.
One needs to have the ability for action, to go beyond the aspect of reaction, and then the practices of Laya Yoga can be experienced most effectively. So, are you ready for action? Then, let’s check out the Laya Yoga Meditation.
The Process of Laya Yoga Meditation
Make the body upright and straight, hands on the knees or in the front wherever comfortable. Breathe in deeply and chant Om three times with me.
Please remain seated for a few moments, quietly.
Become aware of the environment around you. Become aware of the silence in the environment and also within your body and mind.
Complete awareness of the whole body from the top of the head to the toes.
Observe the state of your body internally.
Know how you feel inside. Observe the states of comfort and discomfort, heaviness and lightness, tension and relaxation.
Be aware of the entire body internally, from the head to the toes, observe your whole body.
As you observe the body be aware of the feeling of stillness, motionlessness, and silence.
You can move your body at any time but do not be distracted by such movement. Maintain the awareness of silence and stillness within you.
Now, observe the flow of the natural breath.
Observe the flow of the natural breath within the nostrils.
At the time of inhalation and exhalation, the breath moves up and down within the nostrils. Focus yourself on the movement of breath within the nostrils.
At the time of inhalation you will notice a slightly cool sensation within the nostrils and at the time of exhalation, you will notice a gentle, warm sensation. The temperature of the breath changes at the time of inhalation and exhalation and the temperature can be felt within the nostrils.
Awareness of the cool and warm sensations at the time of breathing in and breathing out. Focus your attention within the nostrils.
Now try to find out which nostril is active. Breath is flowing in which nostril – right or left or both?
Know which nostril is open and flowing and become aware of the swara.
We breathe in and out normally but the mind or the consciousness observes through which channel the breath is flowing in and out and that is the knowledge of the swara.
If the breath is flowing in and out more freely through the left nostril you will know that ida flow is active. If the breath is flowing in and out more freely through the right nostril you will know that pingala is active. If the breath is flowing through both the nostrils you will know that Sushumna is active.
Concentrate on the swara and the process of inhalation and exhalation.
Once you have identified the swara, become aware of the state of the body, the brain, the emotions, the mind, the consciousness.
Try to find out whether the qualities of the flow, the swara are manifesting in the body, in the brain, in the mind, in the emotional structure, in the psyche or not.
If ida is flowing then the qualities of ida will manifest in the form of introversion, in the form of passivity or relaxation.
If pingala is flowing then the qualities of pingala will manifest in the entire personality. You may experience vitality, mental dynamism, alertness or even dissipation, diversion of mind, diversion of attention.
If Sushumna is flowing then you may experience inner harmony, silence, peace, and bliss.
Become aware of the predominant guna, the quality, affecting the entire personality. The quality of ida or pingala or Sushumna which at present is dominant within you. Observe that.
You have to realize the nature, the state, of qualities manifesting within along the swara.
At the time of ida, the nature of the states manifesting within the body and mind are tamasic. Tamasic in the positive sense, not in the negative sense. Tamasic in the sense of passivity, introversion.
If pingala is flowing then the states of physical and mental experiences will be rajasic: dynamism, vitality, alertness.
Observe the guna of the different flows, of the different swaras.
If Sushumna is flowing then the guna or the inherent quality is sattwa. You will experience harmony, peace, stillness, and silence.
Awareness of the swaras and the gunas which are at present manifesting in you.
And now observe the space of the body. Experience space from the top of the head to the toes, pervading the entire body internally. Focus your attention, focus your awareness on space. From the top of the head to the toes, observe the inner space.
Keep moving your awareness from one direction to the next and experience the vastness of space within your own body. Normally when we begin to focus our attention, all the experiences happen in the space of the head. In this practice, you have to move your awareness from the head down into the whole body and have the vision of space pervading different parts of the body internally.
Move your attention from the headspace into other parts of the body.
As you observe the space pervading the entire body you will notice that some colors manifest naturally in the form of streaks of light, colors, shapes, figures, shadows moving, continuously moving.
Observe the predominant colors. Normally we see a mixture of colors but among them are some which stand out.
These colors represent the predominant guna in the body. Now focus your attention in the region of the heart center. Complete awareness of the heart center and there visualize a tiny flame which is known as Chaitanya Jyoti.
Chaitanya meaning the eternal, the conscious; Jyoti meaning light, flame.
Complete awareness, total awareness of the Chaitanya Jyoti, the eternal flame in the region of the heart.
Merge the entire consciousness with the flame. Experience the luminosity of the flame within.
The light from the flame fills the entire inner being.
Total identification with an awareness of that inner flame. Merge yourself inside the flame. Merge yourself with the flame – the whole body, the whole mind, the whole brain – experience the luminosity of that flame.
Breathe in and chant Om three times with me.
Experience your body internally.
Slowly externalize the mind and open the eyes.
Now stand up, don’t talk to anyone and in absolute silence walk one hundred steps. It is not an ordinary walk. As you walk, move your entire vision and awareness from the headspace down to the soles of your feet. With each step feel the contact of the soles with the ground and the pressure and the sensation. As if your entire awareness is concentrated on the soles of your feet. One hundred steps and then come back, in absolute silence.
This practice of meditation is the Laya Yoga technique. But in order to understand it properly, you should know the theory of it
Five akasha or states of consciousness in laya yoga.
The states of consciousness that Laya Yoga talks about are related with the chakras in the form of akasha. Akasha is known as spaces. In the normal yogic system, we become aware of chidakasha, the space of the head, during the practices of pratyahara and dharana. Hridayakasha is the space in the heart. Daharakasha is the space in the lower regions of muladhara and swadhisthana.
Laya Yoga says that within every chakra there is the experience of consciousness in the form of space, and different states of consciousness have been defined which one experiences with the chakra awakening.
There are five spaces which we talk about in Laya Yoga, five states of consciousness that we deal with. The state of consciousness related with muladhara is guna rahita akasha: guna, attribute; rahita, without, akasha, space. Param akasha is the state of consciousness in swadhisthana.
The final practice of Laya Yoga is to dive into the black hole of the manifest dimension and re-emerge through the white hole of the manifest dimension. The black hole is represented by muladhara chakra and the white hole by vishuddhi chakra.
There is a little bit difference between meditation and laya meditation. I will recommend to read the post “The Meditation definition and Benefits of Meditation” and “How to Start Meditation? The Essential steps” for better understanding about meditation.